Month: April 2016

The siblings got a beta

I’ve just sent Entertaining the Sombrevilles to a beta reader. I feel both anxious and excited about it – it’s such a weird story, which is why I’ve been hesitant about it for a long time now. Then again, all my stories are weird, weirdness is sort of my thing. And no matter how other people may feel about my writing, the reason I do it is because I like it. You have to give yourself these little pep talks every once in a while, especially when you’re about to do something scary, such as sending your novel to a person you’ve never met.

I think I’ve made up my mind about the short stories as well. I really need to write more standalone shorts, my problem is that the stories are based on characters I already have, and the point is you need to read the novel before you read the short stories. Which is difficult when the novel isn’t done yet. But I may have found a way around it, we’ll see!

For today I am a writer

Day off today, and I am absolutely thrilled about it. There are lots of writing-related projects and ideas in my head right now, too many to keep up with, but I’m doing my best. Here’s what I’m currently focusing on:

Wavesongs: Plotting, plotting, plotting. And after that I need to do research, and more plotting. I’m really looking forward to the actual writing, but I won’t get ahead of myself this time.

Entertaining the Sombrevilles: I need to do something with it, because it’s basically finished. Still pondering this.

Erotic short stories: I have a lot of these by now. What to do about them?

I’m totally absorbed by books and words right now, and I love it. Working on a story, or reading a great book, is the best feeling in the world.

On another note, I watched Crimson Peak recently and oh my God, Tom Hiddleston. ❤ I haven’t given him much thought before but boy, is he amazing. And handsome. Very handsome. Why aren’t there more movies like that? I’m so, so weak for anything gothic. I’d love to write gothic gay fiction stories because that combination would be simply divine.

By any other name

Right now, I’m thinking about creating a pen name for when I’m writing erotica. I’ve been a bit indecisive about publishing those stories, but a good friend of mine told me she really thought I should, and I do want to get the stories out there – just having them on my computer feels incomplete somehow. I haven’t done any editing at all so far, and there are lots of things to be done with each story. But hopefully I’ll have something to self-pub in the end – I’ll keep you posted.

Tiny first steps

machine-writing-1035292_1920Tonight I started writing the manuscript (again). I hadn’t planned it, and I might not keep any of the words I wrote today, but I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress in just a few hours. I think I may have found out how I want to tell this story – third person perspective, present tense. I’ve been very certain about past tense up until now, but I do think present tense makes it more interesting. What I can safely say is that I haven’t made a decision about this yet, and there will be a lot more testing before I can do that. As usual writing is so much fun, and I’m completely in love with my characters. Going to nail this one day!

Just want you to know

…that I haven’t abandoned blogging, though it obviously seems that way. I’m as busy as ever, and in my free time I read a lot of books, and that’s basically what I’m doing right now. I’m also working on the Wavesongs character sheets and it’s so much fun, it really is. I’ve known these characters for five years now and this past month I’ve learnt so many new things about them, about the plot, everything. I love plotting, but it’s also always been my weakness because I’m impatient, I just want to start writing the story, get on with it. This time it’s easier, I guess, because I’ve written this particular story already (with a bunch of differences, but still), and I’m at a point where I really want to explore all the aspects of it, and move slowly. I’m more careful with it this time, I know how easily stories can take a wrong turn and I honestly don’t wish to start over from scratch for a fourth time. Third time’s the charm, and all that.